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Dmitri Popov (CC0)

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April 23, 2017

What’s your compulsion? That thing you can’t stop doing or can’t live without. Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have some kind of behavior we just can’t give up. But while compulsions can be a mild annoyance for some, for others, they can be marshalled as a strength, inspiring them to achieve great things. This hour, we explore the upside to compulsions.

 

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Science writer Sharon Begley on how anxiety drives modern day compulsions.

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To The Best Of Our Knowledge producer Doug Gordon explains what it’s like to live with obsessive compulsions.

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3:04
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How Ethan Smith overcame OCD and a crippling fear of self harm.

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8:20
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What do Steve Jobs, Estee Lauder and Ted Williams have in common? They were driven by individual compulsions.

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13:13
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A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. More

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